LIFE

Soldier And Dog Awarded Purple Hearts Share A Heartwarming Reunion

by Jess Catcher
Jess grew up in Oklahoma before moving to New York to become a writer. She has a cat named Agnes.

For those in the military protecting us overseas, they rely on their company of troops to help keep each other safe.

Some of those troops also happen to be fuzzy and walk on four legs. Sgt. Rocky worked side by side with his handler, SPC Andrew Brown, for the 89th Military Police Brigade in Afghanistan for two years before an IED injured both of them.

After sniffing out one, they were unfortunately inflicted by a second nearby bomb. They each received a Purple Heart for their actions and were initially treated together in the same hospital. Rocky required several surgeries and physiotherapy for injuries inflicted on his tail, left leg, and pelvis.

Brown also had injuries to his legs and was unable to walk before his various procedures and therapies.

Once their initial issues were stabilized, Brown was transferred to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C., while Rocky headed to Dog Center Europe in Germany. They remained separated for three long months while receiving further treatments. Brown credits his partner for being the one who gets the job done, noting, “I just hold the leash.”

The buddies finally got a chance to see each other again when Rocky made the long trip to join Brown in Maryland. They’re both hoping to eventually return to duty, but if it turns out Rocky is better suited for retirement, Brown and his family are already set to bring him into their home. It’s clear he’s already an important part of the family! You can help these brave soldiers by contributing to the Brown’s GoFundMe page.

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